The Law and Technology Institute developed from the realization that lawmakers, legal scholars and policy bureaucrats face a host of challenging and complex questions as the use of new information technologies grows in all sectors of society.

The institute fosters interdisciplinary studies with the Faculty of Computer Science and the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie, and with other external institutions and IT-related professional associations.

Law and Technology faculty and associates support Dalhousie Law School core curriculum with class offerings in information technology law issues, including Internet law, law and technology, privacy law, information technology transactions, electronic commerce, biotechnology, intellectual property and commercialization of research and development projects.

The Institute also organizes an IT law-related public lecture series on topical issues from a pool of national and international experts. It offers students the opportunity to conduct advanced research under the supervision of faculty on diverse cutting edge issues at the intersection of IT, law and policy. Institute faculty and associates are involved in law and technology-related applied research and policy work.

Our Mission

To promote scholarly legal research and advance knowledge in technology law, particularly from a Canadian perspective.

Our objectives

  • Produce academic work that:
    • proposes, reacts to, and comments on new legislative policies or initiatives
    • provides in-depth analysis of difficult issues
    • provides a variety of perspectives that challenge traditional approaches
    • is useful to the judiciary, lawyers, business and consumers
  • Offer courses in the field of law and technology
  • Foster interdisciplinary contacts with other faculties at Dalhousie and elsewhere
  • Produce the Canadian Journal of Law and Technology, a peer-reviewed national online journal providing coverage of legal issues relating to information technology from a Canadian and international perspective
  • Organize seminars and colloquia